Faster to knit than the Spectra scarf, good looking, warm and fun to wear,
this hat can be worn with or without Mr. Stephen Wests Spectra scarf.
I have, it seems, an affinity for turning any and every yarn that I touch into a hat . . . so thinking I was due for a change from my hat phase, I purchased the well received Spectra scarf pattern by Mr. West.
I found some lovely, fine, sock weight yarns at Knit-a-Bit in Westfield, NJ and began to work on that previously mentioned pretty scarf.
I was in love with the framed panels and changes in the yarn's color, I was looking forward to seeing the scarf take shape. I excitedly cast on as directed and was off and running. (OK, so only another knitter could understand this excitement.)
Then, after two repeats of the pattern, I just had to rip it out and restart, I just had to turn the patten into a hat. (frog, frog, rip it, ribbit . . .) A hat was just pleading to be made from that yarn, the framed colors would be just perfect. So it was that I began work on this, Spectra, the Hat. The rest as they say, is history, and that history provides you with this pattern.
~7 stitches per inch in stockinette with #3 US size needles
~one skein of the mini mochi yarn makes about two hats with a good bit left over.
~on the Vail yarn there are more than two hat's worth there. So far I have worked up three, Spectra, the Hat, hats! And there's still a another hat or two's worth of yarn left.
000 yards of Fingering weight
|Women, Men, Girls, Boys, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized|
You know winter brings cold, dampness and ice. Are you ready? You know you'll need some cowls and mitts for yourself and your family. How about a double layered, double warm hat to snuggle your ...
You know winter brings cold, dampness and ice. Are you ready? You know you'll need some cowls and mitts for yourself and your family. How about a double layered, double warm hat to snuggle your ears? Or a fashion forward welted hat with waves or multiple colors? A deep cowl that doubles as a hood would be lovely. Many patterns come with free mitt patterns included. Don't be caught out in the cold, snow, and gales with out some lovely snugly woolies?
You will need to get ready for gifting, and knit for yourself. Get your needles clicking, you need to get to work. Here are a few simple and lovely warm patterns for you to choose from;
A warm deep cowl / hood with a free bonus pattern for mitts - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/soft-and-snugly-knitted-cowlhood--bonus/57551
An interesting sidewards knit hat that brings to mind some of ZZ Top's hats-
Easy a color work, a shrug, cowl, hood and shawl all in one! This is sure to be your grab and go piece for spring and fall- http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/faux-fair-isle-scarf-stole-hood-wrap/57556
For those looking for extra warmth in a hat, this flat knit is a double hat for double the warmth! - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/sideways-and-snuggley-a-double-hat/59372
and there are others.
Many, many years ago, I was taught to knit by my dear Irish grandmother. She was not well off and did not have a lot to share, but the dear woman with a third grade education from the old country and a heavy brogue on her tongue, shared her love and her knowledge of knitting. She was such a sweet dear heart. Then came the Girl Scouts, my troop leaders pushed me to knit more seriously but still it was just flat garter stitch work. I have been knitting off and on since those early days but was never really satisfied with my product. Then a few years ago I discovered **Knitting Haven,** a lovely little corner of the internet where I was encouraged to further flourish my needles. I asked questions, got answers and found some lovely friends. Now I design in yarn and write knitting patterns.
There are some great ladies on that webpage. :-D Thanks a big bunch Holly. No really, thank you.
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